How To Use Essential Oils In The Shower

Welcome to your guide for using essential oils in the shower. Is there anything better than inhaling the restorative steam of a hot shower after a long day? Actually, yes there is. Adding essential oils to your shower routine is on par with transforming your bathroom into a Ritz-level day spa. The good news is, using essential oils in the shower is incredibly simple and we’re here to break it down for you. 

We love using essential oils in the shower because of the wondrous benefits for both the body and mind. Whether you’re jump-starting your day and looking for some extra energy with an essential oil like Peppermint or hoping to wind down with Lavender essential oil, there are numerous shower aromatherapy options available. 

How To Diffuse Essential Oils In The Shower

Let’s start with the easiest and fastest ways to use essential oils in your shower and reap the many wellness benefits of their natural properties. These methods require very little work on your part so you can get to the relaxing and rejuvenating shower experience that you deserve. 

As for choosing which essential oil to use in the shower, that is entirely up to you. A refreshing and cooling oil like Breathe Essential Oil Blend can help relieve congestion and inspire deeper breathing. Alternatively, Relax Essential Oil Blend or Anxiety Essential Oil Blend can transform your shower into a sanctuary away from stress and worry. Or if you’re hoping for a better night’s sleep, try Sleep Essential Oil Blend

Ask yourself what benefits you are trying to gain from an aromatherapy shower before you choose your essential oil. Once you’ve narrowed down your shower goals (whether that’s an improved mood, respiratory health, or a respite from a stressful day), you can choose your method for an essential oil shower. 

  • Spray Bottle: This almost feels too easy. You simply filll an 8-ounce spray bottle with 5 ounces of warm water, 2 ounces of white vinegar, and 20-30 drops of your chosen essential oil. Turn on your shower and allow the steam to build. Shake the spray bottle and mist around you as the steam circulates. Gently inhale. 
  • Shower Floor: Turn your shower floor into foot-soak by stopping the drain and adding 5-10 drops to the water at your feet (be careful watch that overflow). The shower floor method is also a great way to moisturize the skin on your feet and soften those calluses. Lavender essential oil or Tea Tree essential oil are amazing for soothing sore muscles and improving skin conditions. 
  • Washcloth: Place 5-15 drops of essential oil on a warm, wet washcloth and hang it over the shower head or set it in your shower caddy. The restorative aroma will gently waft up in the steam  as you shower. Inhale the steam around you as you wash and let your worries drift away. Try Lemongrass to help reduce any anxiety you may be experiencing. 
  • Steam Cup or Bowl: Another simple way to enjoy an essential oil shower is by using a steam cup or bowl. Fill a bowl or cup with 2 ounces of hot water and add 12-15 drops of essential oil. Place the steam cup or bowl near the shower wall, side of the tub or in the shower caddy. As the steam circulates, the aroma will waft through the shower. 
  • Tea Ball Diffuser: One of our favorite hacks, making a tea ball diffuser offers everything you need for optimal shower aromatherapy. Fill your tea ball with Epsom salt and add 5-8 drops of pure essential oil. Hang the tea ball from your shower head or place it in a shower caddy. This easy diffuser DIY is an excellent way to reap the stress-relieving benefits of Epsom salt too. The aromatherapy is a relaxing bonus!
  • Bath Salt: Not a bath person? Don’t worry, you can still make use of aromatherapy bath salts. To use bath salts in the shower, you can either add 10-15 drops of essential oil to cups of unscented bath salts or you can make your own. To create your own essential iol bath salts, mix 1.5 cups of Epsom salt with ½ cup of baking soda and add 10-15 drops of essential oil. Before you step into the shower, sprinkle the bath salt mixture in safe areas around the shower floor or tub. Inhale as you wash and say buh-bye to your worries. 

Can I Add Essential Oils To Body Wash? 

Yes, adding essential oils to body wash can have tremendous benefits for your skin and emotional wellbeing. There are numerous oils that can help tone, brighten, soothe and moisturize your skin while also helping you recharge. 

For the topical application of essential oils, it’s important to dilute, dilute, dilute. Applying essential oils directly to the skin can irritate or damage the skin. In a body wash, you’ll want to dilute at a 3% ratio which means 15-25 drops per 1 oz of body wash. 

Although some aromatherapists say it’s perfectly fine to add essential oils to OTC unscented body washes, we recommend using an unscented liquid castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s. To add some extra moisture to your skin, add ¼ cup of fractionated coconut oil to your mixture and enjoy silky smooth skin. 

By using a mood-stabilizing and skin-nourishing oil like Lavender, you can achieve both beautiful skin and a calmer mind. 

Best Essential Oils For Body Wash

Aromatic and therapeutic, essential oils can add skin-saving nutrients to your skin and provide a delightful scent to your washing routine. Our favorites oils for body wash include Grapefruit essential oil for its toning and tightening properties, Bergamot essential oil for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying qualities, and Lavender essential oil for its calming and skin-healing benefits. 

Essential Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Want luscious locks in just a few drops? Yes, please! One of our favorite things about adding essential oils to shampoo and conditioner is that you only need a few drops to get gorgeous hair results. The recipe is pretty simple too. For every 1 oz of unscented shampoo or conditioner, add about 5-6 drops of essential oils. 

Our favorite essential oils to improve the condition of your hair and scalp include Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint, and Rosemary. Studies show that Lavender essential oil can help generate cell turnover which can improve hair growth and strengthen hair follicles over time. 

How To Use Eucalyptus In The Shower

It’s nearly impossible to discuss how to put essential oils in the shower without mentioning Eucalyptus. Nature at its best, Eucalyptus essential oil is known for easing congestion, reducing inflammation, and promoting tranquility and peace. Eucalyptus can be found as an ingredient in many decongestants, cough suppressants, chest rubs, and more. 

The recent trend of hanging eucalyptus bundles (fresh leaves from the plant) in the shower to receive the plant’s many health benefits is well deserved. But an even easier way to get the benefits of eucalyptus in the shower is to use Eucalyptus essential oil. The oil contains the plant’s most concentrated botanical properties to provide a soothing spa-like experience. 

Shower Bomb DIY

Similar to bath bombs, shower bombs go by many names (shower melts, shower tablets, shower steamers, shower fizzes) but they all accomplish the same purpose. They transform your shower experience with a de-stressing scent and enrich shower steam with health benefits. Shower bombs are an easy way to squeeze some self-care into your day.


2 cups of baking soda

1 cup citric acid

2 tbsp water

25-30 drops of your chosen essential oil (We love Eucalyptus, Chill, Detox, Relax)

Silicon baking mold


In a medium bowl, mix together baking soda and citric acid until completely blended. Separately, mix together your chosen essential oil and water with a whisk. Slowly combine the two mixes and stir thoroughly. After the ingredients are completely mixed, press the mixture into the baking molds. If you don’t have a baking mold, you can press the mixture tightly with your hands and place them on a plate or flat surface to dry. The shower bombs should completely dry in about 24-48 hours. 

How To Use Shower Bombs

Run your shower water until soft steam appears in the air. Hold your shower bomb under the running shower water for a few seconds and then place it on your shower floor in a safe area (to avoid any slipping). The shower bomb will slowly dissolve and the healing aroma of pure essential oils will transport you to deep relaxation.